Familiarise Ourselves With The Symptoms Of Meningitis

Familiarise Ourselves With The Symptoms Of Meningitis.

A family physician’s misdiagnosis some years ago meant that an intolerable deterioration in the symptoms of meningitis remained inadequately treated, and it nearly landed me in an emergency ward. Thankfully, a second opinion saved the day. Meningitis is an inflammation (swelling) of the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord. A bacterial or viral infection of the fluid surrounding the brain and spinal cord usually causes the swelling. However, injuries, cancer, certain drugs, and other types of infections also can cause meningitis. It is important to know the specific cause of meningitis because the treatment differs depending on the cause. Generally, the germs that cause bacterial meningitis spread from one person to another. Certain germs can spread through food. How people spread the germs often depends on the type of bacteria. People can spread the viruses that cause viral meningitis to other people. If you have close contact with someone who has viral meningitis, they may spread the virus to you. However, you are not likely to develop meningitis. That’s because most people infected with these viruses will not develop meningitis. Credit: CDC.

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